THE GALILEANS by Frank Slaughter

THE GALILEANS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Mary Magdalen, as she is known today, is the central figure of yet another retelling of one phase of the Gospel story. Told this time through the experiences of Joseph of Magdala, who loved Mary and sought to save her again and again. But Mary was driven first by need of money to support her dying adopted father, the Greek who had taught her all she knew. A dancer, she won the jealous spite of women- the lust of men- but remained virgin until tricked and defiled by the nephew of Pilate. Then revenge became her dominant driving force- and she used spectacular success in Alexandria to attain it, only to have her effort fail- her freedom forfeit to Fabius. Back to Jerusalem- where she came under the influence of Jesus, at the start of his ministry, and with Fabius death, it was Jesus who saved her from the mob. From here on, the story follows the accepted Gospel tradition, though some will question minor errors of scholarship and interpretation. And throughout, Joseph, who loves her devotedly, is recurrently her protector and rescuer, while his reputation and fame grow space. Once again Frank Slaughter, the doctor, is evident in numerous scenes where Joseph's skill is brought to bear. The story no matter how often told is a vigorous and absorbing one. But Frank Slaughter adds little to the sense of time and place and atmosphere. It is just again- a good story.

Pub Date: Jan. 8th, 1952
Publisher: Doubleday